National Forensic Framework Agreement

40. LGC Forensics stated in its written text that it was difficult “to attract new private sector investment to the market as long as there is a risk of replacing one state-subsidized market player (the FSS) with another (in the form of in-source provision by police forces).” [61] Despite the concerns we have heard from private companies, he responded when we asked the minister if he had heard private sector concerns about internal police spending, “not as far as I know.” [62] Witnesses from LGC Forensics and Cellmark confirmed at the March 30 hearing that they had not been consulted prior to the closure decision. [63] 33. Police spending on criminal medicine is, on the whole, two categories: outside and indoors. External expenditure is spent on the acquisition of forensic services by external providers such as the FSS and private companies and feeds into the external forensics market. Internal expenditure relates to the expenditure of The Meditrian science carried out internally, i.e. by the police itself. For example, fingerprint scans (fingerprints) have been performed in-house for a long time. To take charge of this non-financially lucrative volume of work, it will almost certainly require investment from another scientific service provider.

It is likely that a business case promising financial return would be easily approved, but for other services for which profits cannot be guaranteed, it is unlikely that the board of directors of a commercial organization will commit to investing. Commercial operators are not required to perform all types of medial analysis and many prefer to focus on quality services. [37] While I am certain that any competent medical service provider would be able to complete the escalation process in a timely manner to manage the volume of work currently performed by the FSS, I am puzzled as to why it wishes to take such a risk. What is the economic risk of investing in additional staff and equipment and housing without the insurance of the policyholder that there will be continued demand for the service? [65] 86. We are appalled that the FSS was not aware of the information on the forensics market. It is clear that it has not been possible to provide the FSS with information on the market environment in which it should find a way to prosper. Der PwC-Bericht `ber den Stand des Forensikmarkt und Zahlen zu den Polizeiausgaben h-tten vorliegen messen. 39. LGC Forensics and Cellmark were not aware of the figures we received from the NPIA for internal and external policing expenditures, as summarized in Table 2. [60] 49.

In our view, the collection of police expenditure data is not at odds with the operational independence of the police. We are concerned that neither CAPO nor the Department of the Interior could provide us with the full cost of internal scientific activities. Over the past five years, we recommend that ACPO and the Ministry of the Interior collect and publish data on all police spending on internal judicial activities, including capital, training and skills, police testing and administration, and publish this information in the future. If the government`s policy for a forensic science services market is to work effectively, it is important that the total cost of internal forensic expenditures be reported in full and accurately.